Basic Lead, the Los Angeles-based organisers of the annual DISCOP AFRICA television content market and co-production forum, announced today that over 1,000 non-exhibiting and exhibiting delegates representing 700 companies from 85 countries are expected to take part in what is positioned as Africas #1 industry gathering dedicated to the production and distribution of content.
Next months DISCOP AFRICA, which takes place from 31 October to 2 November at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, is on track to welcome a record number of delegates, including all of Africas major broadcasters, pay-TV platforms, mobile operators, broadband-based TV services, closed-circuit networks and territorial distributors.
The exhibition will also feature international suppliers of film, TV and multiplatform content and formats, live events and thematic channels such as BBC Worldwide News, Caracol, CCTV, Chello Zone, Discovery Networks Channels, Echelon Studios, Fox International Channels, France 24, Global Agency, Globo TV, IMG Media, Just for Laughs, MGM Networks, Mondo TV, MTV Networks, NBC Universal, NHK Enterprises, Shanghai Media and Entertainment Group, Sky News, Sony Pictures Television, Telemundo, Televisa, Thema, TV Azteca, TV5, Venevision, Viasast, Zee Networks and many others.
DISCOP AFRICA 2012 will welcome the largest contingent of prominent African content distributors ever available under one roof to sell content Made In Africa, including amongst others, A24 Media, Africa Avenir, Cote Ouest, e.tv, Endemol South Africa, M-Net, Kenya Film Commission, Modern African Productions, Multimesh, Nollywood Worldwide Entertainment, OH Africa, Royal Roots, Rapid Blue, SABC, TopTV, Underdog Productions and Wananchi Programming Group.
A co-production forum and an eclectic conference program dedicated to regional and international partnerships will provide them with true and efficient opportunities to sell content, initiate partnerships, access valuable information, connect with key players and learn from experts.
One of the main drivers of the content business in Africa will be local programming. There will be a shift to regional co-production and distribution models as non-African content will play a lesser role in the years to come, says Patrick Jucaud-Zuchowicki, GM of Basic Lead. He added In such a context, we see it as our role to reinforce DISCOP AFRICAs relevance as a marketplace for independent content producers from the region seeking to forge cross-border relationships. Special efforts have also been deployed to attract non-African television content acquisitions executives interested in the increasing range of good quality content and formats created in Africa.